Journal of Chemical Ecology (2001) 27, 523-531

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Betty C.R. Zhu, Gregg Henderson, Feng Chen, Lara Maistrello and Roger A. Laine (2001)
Nootkatone is a repellent for Formosan subterranean termite (Coptotermes formosanus)
Journal of Chemical Ecology 27 (3), 523-531
Abstract: We examined the behavior of Formosan subterranean termites toward one of the components of vetiver grass oil, the roots of which manufacture insect repellents. We found nootkatone, a sesquiterpene ketone, isolated from vetiver oil is a strong repellent and toxicant to Formosan subterranean termites. The lowest effective concentration tested was 10 µg/g substrate. This is the first report of nootkatone being a repellent to insects.
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Coptotermes formosanus